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Peter Moylan

Moylan with the Braves in 2008
Atlanta Braves — No. 58
Relief Pitcher
Born: December 2, 1978 (1978-12-02) (age 31)
Perth, Australia
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
April 12, 2006 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     11-6
Earned run average     2.45
Strikeouts     143
Saves     2

Peter Michael Moylan (born December 2, 1978 in Perth, Western Australia) is a relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves in Major League Baseball. Moylan features a mid ninety mile per hour fastball and throws sidearm. After the 1997 season and failing to make the Major Leagues, Moylan left the Major League Baseball system. He then took a job as a pharmaceutical salesman in Australia. At a certain point, Moylan improved his pitching and began his comeback.

Moylan broke out while playing for the Australian team in the World Baseball Classic. He was selected in that tournament following his tremendous displays in the 2006 Claxton Shield. His 96 mph fastball enabled him to strike out established major-leaguers Bobby Abreu, Marco Scutaro, Ramon Hernandez and Magglio Ordóñez. Based on his performance in this tournament, Moylan was invited to participate in spring training prior to the 2006 season with the Atlanta Braves.

Moylan with the Braves in 2007.

Peter Moylan was signed by the Atlanta Braves and assigned to their Triple-A Richmond club. On April 11, 2006, Moylan was called up to the Atlanta Braves to replace Joey Devine in the bullpen; however he was later sent back to the Richmond club. On May 4, 2006, Moylan was called up again to help with more pitching and Tony Peña, Jr. was sent down; however, he was sent down again.

At the end of spring training in 2007, Moylan was assigned to the Braves Triple-A affiliate. However, that assignment would be prove to be short lived. On April 14, Moylan was recalled to Atlanta due to the injury of pitcher Chad Paronto. Though a recall does not necessarily dictate permanence on a major league roster, Moylan sealed a permanent spot on the roster as he proved invaluable to the Braves bullpen in 2007.

Moylan pitched with Atlanta in 2006 but did not make enough appearances to lose his rookie status. 2007 became his official rookie season and his name was lightly tossed around in some Rookie of the Year discussions, but he did not win the award.

Moylan earned his first major league win against the Florida Marlins in Miami on April 24, 2007. He earned his first major league save three days later against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. He finished the season 5-3 with a 1.80 ERA. He led the majors in intentional walks allowed, with 12.[1]

In 2008, The Braves placed Moylan on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 12, with a sore right elbow. Medical examination showed the ulna collateral ligament in Moylan's right elbow was compromised by a bone spur. On May 5, Moylan was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, and missed the remainder of the 2008 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Moylan exceeded rehabilitation expectations and was declared fit to pitch during the Braves' 2009 Spring Training Camp in Orlando, Florida. He used the spring work to continue to gain arm strength, and began the season on the Braves active roster. After a few shaky appearances in April, Moylan began to find more consistency during May, settling into his role as the team's primary 7th inning specialist.

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